Wind damage

Long shoots are very susceptible to wind damage or breakage in spring and summer. Not only can wind cause fruit loss, but it also may reduce economic yields by causing the fruit to rub. When rubbed, fuzzy kiwi first lose their fuzz and then develop a callus, whereas the hardy types develop a callused or scabbed area. Scabbed fruit are suitable only for processing.

In windy areas, wind breaks such as poplars help reduce economic losses. Plant wind breaks to provide 200 to 250 feet of protection downwind. Make sure wind breaks are not planted close enough to the vineyard rows to reduce yield of the kiwifruit through competition for light and water.

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